C'est l'extase langoureuse (Claude Debussy) Midori Marsh, soprano
Frances Armstrong, piano
Recorded and edited by Taylor Long
Named a Top 30 Artist under 30 by CBC Radio, American-Canadian soprano Midori Marsh is quickly establishing herself as a “polished and poised performer” with a “truly gorgeous,
expressive sound” (Opera Ramblings). This past season, she completed her tenure as a young artist at the Canadian Opera Company, where she was featured as Frasquita in Carmen, Third Apparition in Macbeth, and covered Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Additional performances in the 2022-23 season included singing Norina in Don Pasquale with Under the Spire Festival, Cunegonde in Candide with the North York Concert Orchestra, and joining the Resound Choir and NYCO as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem. The season was also filled with a plethora of competition successes: Ms. Marsh was named a finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition, recognized as a Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and won 1st Place at the Quilico Awards. Her 2023-24 season will see her perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Center Orchestra, Tapestry Opera, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, London Symphonia, Soundstreams, Slow Rise Music and the Amadeus Choir.
During her time at the Canadian Opera Company, Marsh’s portrayal of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte was described as “amusingly playful” and “infectious,” earning her critical acclaim. Additional roles with the company included Annina in La Traviata, Ivy in Cusson’s Fantasma, and singing Nella and covering Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
A frequent performer in the Canadian opera scene, Marsh portrayed The House (soprano) In Tapestry Opera’s production of Rocking Horse Winner by Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton. She also collaborated with the Banff Centre for the Arts, where she took on the roles of Sarah Thorpe in Lizee’s No One’s Safe and Johan’s Mother in Prestini’s Silent Light. In concert, Marsh joined the Peterborough Singers for their Messiah and was featured as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Against the Grain Theatre and the Canadian Opera Company. Her time at the University of Toronto saw her portrayals of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Mary Crawford in the Canadian premiere of Dove’s Mansfield Park.
Her list of accolades extends to her recognition as a Top 30 Artist under 30 by the CBC Radio. In 2019, she achieved sweeping success at the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Competition by winning both 1st Place and the Audience Choice Award. She completed her Master of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Toronto and holds an Opera Diploma and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with Honors from Wilfrid Laurier University.